Landmark music: Hum Dono

Imagine an album where three of most popular playback singers of the time, all sang songs that would make it to top5/top10 playlists of most fans. When I think of Hindi movies with landmark music, of the few that readily come to mind, “Hum Dono” stands out for this particular reason.

When music critics do a Lata Mangeshkar top 10, “Allah tero naam” usually makes the list. The lady herself picked this song to be her best. Lyrics are a welcome change from the usual romantic stuff. Slow and melodious tune, you feel like humming along each time you listen.Hum Dono - external link

Find me a Mohd Rafi fan who will not count “Main zindagi ka saath” as one of his best. Meaningful lyrics that qualify to be good peotry on their own, an utterly melodious tune, and Mr Rafi singing at his best, this song is as perfect as it gets.

Don’t let the bhajan and philosophical poetry fool you into thinking that this album is short on romance. Asha Bhonsle joins Md Rafi for what is arguably the best duet sung in Bollywood. One can never get bored of “Abhi Na Jao Chhor Kar“. Duet of such class, that it ranks amongst Asha Bhonsle‘s best.

And such is the quality of those 3 songs that people tend to forget Sahir wrote and Rafi sang “Kabhee khud pe kabhee haalaat pe rona aaya” for this very same album.

So yes, find me another album where three great singers chose to give off their bests. And to top it all, it wasn’t any usual suspect of that time who made these tunes. Jaidev didn’t compose music for very many movies after this one, but “Hum Dono” made sure he won’t ever be forgotten by the fans of old time hindi film music.

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4 Responses

  1. I agree man. Main zindagi ka saath is as perfect as it can get!

  2. Do you or anybody else know where one can find Indian music for use as background music on websites? And what copyright issues might be?

  3. Deppe – yes it is!

    Ram – you could try search for midi files (“.mid”). Many guys put up midi files of popular songs for download. Quality may not be as good though – depends on the capabilities of the player who recorded them.

  4. A classic movie with classic music and songs. I agree, that में जिंदगी का साथ निभाता चला गया can be more appropriately associated with the attitude of the lyricst, Sahir Ludhiyanvi.

    On the copyright issue, I was wondering about it till now and never used audio/video but now with the help of youtube videos are crammed up on the net. :|

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